Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Downtown October Fun
Plenty to do for every age and interest!

by Amanda Dorman, Communications Manager, Indianapolis Downtown, In

October 01, 2013

Bring the family downtown for great festivals and Halloween fun. Family-friendly events in downtown Indianapolis are a great way to introduce kids to new cultures and activities. These fall events – taking place at some of Indy’s top destinations – include a range of activities from live music and dancing to hands-on activities and carousel rides in reverse. Don’t miss the award winning Haunted House at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This year the bravest of visitors can participate in Williams Comfort Air’s XTREME SCREAM Fridays – the ultimate mind/body fright experience. Intrigued yet? Check out this list for more details.

  1. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis – the largest (and, according to Child magazine, the best) children's museum in the world – will host its annual Haunted House from October 10th – 31st. This year the Children’s Museum Guild invites you to travel back in time and explore 50 years of fear as Ghoulish Guide Dr. Timestein ushers visitors through 50 years of petrifying pop culture. Fun fact: this haunted house is ranked among the top 10 haunted houses in the nation by Rand McNally.

  2. Do your kids love animals? Obstacle courses? Carousel rides? All of the above? Take your family to the Indianapolis Zoo for ZooBoo October 11th – 27th from 2 – 7 p.m. The cooler weather brings the animals out later so you can enjoy animal chats and Halloween-themed dolphin shows. Besides the obstacle course, active kids can enjoy the White River Junction Train, the Roller Ghoster and the Round-Go-Merry (a carousel ride in reverse!) Costumes are encouraged and kids can bring a bag to trick-or-treat.

  3. Discover your inner German and celebrate German-American Day at The Athenaeum’s annual Germanfest on October 12th from noon - 8 p.m. This event includes something for the entire family. Kids can enjoy wiener dog races, a strong man competition, authentic German dancing and ZwergenLand for Kids. Parents can participate in the 5k Lederhosen Run/Walk and enjoy beer games, beer tastings and German food made by the Indianapolis Sangerchor. And if your kids still have energy to burn, send them to the bounce house at ZwergenLand.

  4. Learn about the traditions and history behind Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, at the Indiana State Museum on October 29th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities and games, make paper marigolds, learn about altar building, drop in on demonstrations and discover the cultural significance of the Monarch butterfly migrating to this celebration. This is a great way to enjoy a hint of authentic Mexican-American culture in Indianapolis.

  5. With nearly 100,000 spectators every year, the Circle City Classic Parade is an Indianapolis tradition. The Classic Parade is a family-oriented event with a focus on education and highlighting honor students from central Indiana high schools. The route begins at 10 a.m. at North and Pennsylvania streets and concludes at North and Meridian streets. Past Parade Grand Marshals have included celebrities such as Kelly Rowland, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist, Yolanda Adams. Make plans to attend the legendary Circle City Classic football game on October 12th at 3 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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